Symantec Endpoint Protection v11
Strengths: An excellent endpoint solution that includes strong administrative capabilities and many great protection features.
Weaknesses: Web-based administrative UI can be a bit sluggish.
Verdict: Overall, a very strong product offering, which represents a great value for the money.
Symantec Endpoint Protection is a software-based endpoint protection solution. It combines many Symantec protection technologies into a single, agent-based suite for desktops, servers and mobile devices. The management server and console components are typically installed on Windows server hosts and can integrate with many different versions of MS SQL server. Client protection agents can be deployed to Windows hosts and a few different Linux variants as well.
Installing the management components was very easy and took just a few minutes.
Administration of the product can be performed remotely using a web-based interface or by using a Java client. The administrative interface is very slick and offers some great looking dashboard views. Navigation of the product is incredibly easy as well. However, the user interface (UI) wasn't the most responsive or fastest that we've tested. Additionally, rendering some of the objects, charts and datasets can sometimes be a little bit on the slow side. On the other hand, it's one of the most attractive and useful administrative web interfaces we've seen.
Deploying protection agents to client computers is a breeze. The solution comes with many of the typical endpoint protection features, including extensive policies for anti-virus, firewall, host IPS, application and device control. An additional license can also upgrade the agent to perform NAC integration. In addition to the core protection modules, the agents also perform proactive threat scanning by way of a technology called TruScan, which helps to catch additional threats using behavioral technologies instead of signatures. One feature we particularly liked is the ability to enforce policies in "production" or "log only" mode. Log only mode allows users to simply gather information about a policy item without taking action on it.
Overall the solution is feature rich and includes a wide variety of endpoint protection mechanisms.
The documentation which accompanies the product is adequate and contains all of the necessary information needed to effectively manage and deploy the solution.Basic maintenance is included and consists of email and phone support during regular business hours, as well as access to the customer support portal, knowledge base and FAQs. Additional support upgrades are available.